William is a very simple person who can't sit at a desk for an extended period of time without going insane. He is currently studying law but hopes to find a career with more than just daily paperwork. He believes that humans are blind to their own bias and often reason is merely a state of mind. He also doens't mind being contraversial at times, believing that accepted notions should be challenged to encourage greater thinking. He has a hunger for going off the beaten track and doing something other than the usual asian pursuits (karaoke!), and is passionate about hiking and extreme sports. He likes to kick back to music and a good movie now and then and is proud of having never been drunk in his life (or broken a bone!). Eventually, he wants to have made a difference to the world somehow, and strongly believes the maxim that glory is fleeting but obscurity is forever. Oh, and he likes to blog on 8asians and brag about himself in bios.
Now, I do have to admit. I voted for Julia Gilliard at the last election. For those who don’t know, Julia Gilliard is the head of a minority government compromised of the Labour and Green parties. Traditionally, they’ve stood out as being more accepting of migrants and the lower class, as well as since this video came out, a staunch defender of female liberties and identity. However, Julia Gillard’s partner, Tim Mathieson, made a rather [...] Continue »
EDITOR’S NOTE: Johnny C previously wrote Asian America: Confusion from Within, Abroad, and Why, inspired by the same Economist article. –Joz White. Black. Asian. Common words that are used to define a person’s ethnic background in a very crude way, but perhaps they hold more water than the term “Asian American”. One denotes a supposed ethnicity, the other denotes nationality, but is it right to categorize such a major group of diverse people under the one [...] Continue »
Male chauvinism has taken quite some time to accept that women are not objects, that they are entitled to being who they are without interference (although half the world is still catching up). However, campaigns such as “Take Back the Night” only highlight how sad it is that people have to fight for the understanding that certain actions are not open invitations (i.e, wearing provocative clothing etc). Likewise, it seems that a series of attacks [...] Continue »
Job advertisements usually describe what you need to apply for the position. A nice smile, great personality, hard working, willing to do anything to get one over your rivals (that’s not expressly written in legal advertisements but its implied), quick thinker, can’t be Asian or Indian, should speak English, can adapt….WOAH. Back up. Can’t be Asian or Indian and must speak English?? That’s apparently what this ad for a cleaner at a Coles (the second [...] Continue »
On 12th October 2012, 6:10pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time, a frail 69 year old man suffering from Parkinsons disease was released from Long Bay Correctional Centre and escorted off to be deported back to Malaysia. 21 years ago, Chiew Seng Liew was responsible for the untimely death of perhaps Australia’s greatest cardiac surgeon: Dr Victor Chang.
Living under the threat of a nuclear war by a meglo-maniac does have its stressful time, but South Korea has successfully put the threat of doomsday into the back of its mind and is instead surging forward in its pursuit of pleasures. Its current biggest export, otherwise know as K-pop, is taking over the world gradually. In fact, one of the latest hit songs, Gangnam Style by Psy, actually sets the background for this post.
In February 2012, comedian Brad Belanger took the stage to slag off a mixed couple who had been heckling previous acts. Whether they deserved being put down publicly is one thing but the jokes used were racist in nature. He used terms such as “Asian escort” to describe the female and came out with pathetic jokes such as “How much do you cost?” and “You don’t speak English, you don’t speak English,” even imitating the [...] Continue »
Is Asian Immigration making America less religious? Asian immigration has been the focus of many, many claims to society ills. They include the usual load of “they taking our jobs” or “damn, they soaking our social services” etc. But funnily enough, immigrant Asians have now been accused of “y’all ain’t believing enough!”. According to Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a [...] Continue »
The recent attack on two Asian International students on a Sydney train really made me angry. Based on the students accounts, not only was it not necessary for anyone to step in on the bashing of two people but apparently, one passenger who was targeted even said, “rob them, they are Asian and they have got money.”
Following from a previous article I wrote on the viability of Asian Muslims to assimilate into Western Scoiety, a new development for Muslim women has occurred in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Legislation has been passed to make it mandatory for the face of a person making a statutory declaration or anything requiring an identity check to be clearly visible without ambiguity (it will be in effect on April 30th onwards).
Adam WarRock’s (aka. Eugene Ahn) new album, You Dare Call That Thing Human?!? now available, has in this author’s opinion redefined how people will look at the nerd and geek music scene. Following on from 8asian’s first interview with him in 2011, his career has only served to grow bigger, providing fans of nerdcore rap with a hit MC. This latest album was the result of work from a three-month long tour, not bad for [...] Continue »
Bruce Lee. Do I really have to write anymore? Those two words are worth more than anything I will write, mainly because there’s just some many different takes and angles on this incredible person who influenced the world in more ways than one. But too many people don’t realise, he was far more than the punchs and kicks, he was someone who was fully in tandem with how life incorporates both the body and the [...] Continue »